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  • Harvesting by Lisa Harding


Short-listed for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2018

Winner of the Kate O’Brien Award 2018

Harvesting is shocking – and shockingly good. It is thought-provoking, anger-provoking, guilt-provoking, and – most importantly – it is a brilliantly written novel.’ – Roddy Doyle

Sometimes it feels as if three minutes has passed when it’s been three days, and three nights pass like a shiver of wind through the trees. I can’t tell shadows from bodies, voices from spirits. Luca’s face becomes an unknown man’s face, me under him, then the man’s face becomes Luca’s and I want to reach out and smash it . . .

Sammy is a spiky, quick-witted and sharp teenager living in Dublin; Nico is a warm and conscientious girl from Moldova. When they are thrown together in a Dublin brothel in a horrific twist of fate, a peculiar and important bond is formed . . .

This is a novel about a flourishing but hidden world, thinly concealed beneath a veneer of normality. It’s about the failings of polite society, the cruelty that can exist in apparently homely surroundings, the bluster of youth and the often appalling weakness of adults.

Harvesting is heartbreaking and funny, gritty, raw and breathtakingly beautiful, where redemption is found in friendship and unexpected acts of kindness.

Harvesting was inspired by Harding’s involvement with a campaign against sex trafficking run by the Children’s Rights Alliance. Although it is a fictionalised account, the text has been read and approved of by representatives for NGOs in both Moldova and Dublin.


‘In much the same way that Louise O’Neill’s book Asking For It was a damning indictment of, and a clarion call to the discussion surrounding rape culture, Harding’s book will do similarly good things for the discourse surrounding trafficking and sex work in Ireland…shocking, gut-wrenching… a new writer worth your time.’ – Sunday Business Post 

‘This is one of the most gut-wrenching, shiver-inducing pieces of fiction I have ever read.The word ‘compelling’ is too hackneyed when it comes to a novel such as this. Each line is gripping: mind and body are hooked into a world you don’t want to know exists, but which thrives under our very noses… electrifying.’ – Sunday Independent

‘Impressive and profoundly moving. It’s a harrowing read, but is never gratuitous.’ – Irish Examiner

‘Harding is to be commended for writing about such an important and under-reported topic… a character-driven and highly dramatic novel…vivid and credible’. – The Irish Times

‘This is not just a novel about sex trafficking – it is also about friendship and hope in the darkest places. A harrowing but important read – and one that will stay with you long afterwards.’ – Hotpress

‘This is an important book and should open many a debate … [Harding] writes with power and compassion, and is a force to be reckoned with.’ – Books Ireland

Praise for Harvesting

‘A terrific piece of work … engaging and darkly compelling.’ – Catherine Dunne

‘A brilliantly written, heartfelt, heart-breaking tale of two young girls, its lucid breadth and depths read like an indictment of our patriarchal globe.’ – Anthony Glavin

About the Author

Lisa Harding is an actress, playwright and author. She played Connie in RTÉ’s Fair City and has performed at the Abbey, the Gate, the Lyric, and the Manchester Library, among others. She received an MPhil in creative writing from Trinity College Dublin in 2014. Her short stories have been published in the Dublin Review, the Bath Short Story Anthology and HeadStuff. Her plays include Starving, And All Because, and Playground. Harvesting is her first novel.



Lisa Harding


Trade Format, PB





Release Date

April 2017

Additional Information

Weight .390 g
Dimensions .234 × .158 × .20 mm


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